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30th March 2011


The Famous Five is th§e name of a series of children's novels written by British author Enid Blyton. The first book, Five on a Treasure Island, was published in 1942. The novels feature the adventures of a group of young children – Julian, Dick, Anne and Georgina (George) – and their dog Timmy.

Machen Miggly Moos have their own famous five, they are called Broke Back Mountain, Garlic, Carling Tree, the Quarry and the Drop of Death!

The date was Wednesday 30th March, weather was fine, 26 riders were ready for their famous five adventure...First to cross off the list was Broke Back, disappointing to see a few of the more established riders turning their nose up at this one, there were more refusals than horses refusing at the first fence of the Grand National! Big hands go to Broke Back Virgin Roger who attempted the drop, word has it he has been watching the namesake film to brush up on his riding skills, you wouldn’t have thought it seeing his face going over the drop...

After a mechanical on the way everyone eventually met at the top of Garlic, everyone attempted this one apart from our elder statesman, surprisingly it rode well with our Vice having the opportunity to take some rare Moo video footage – unfortunately Roger mistook the Captain for a Jap Sniper and came a cropper on the middle section, good job Roger was wearing that full face helmet, knee pads and elbow pads pity though he was only wearing a string vest to absorb his fall!

After a little traverse we all met up with Scrippsy, I’m sure he remembered the time when “Five on a Treasure Island” was first published? It was then onwards and upwards up the gravel path to the third stage of famous five – the Carling Tree. Conditions were superb and the trail was running beautiful, it was a pity to see so many of the herd refuse the jump at the bottom of the trail surely this is a lack of respect?

A little climb followed through the quarry and onto the start of the quarry run, only one refusal this time, Breadarms wa he lost or not? We met up with him again outside the Maen where he offered to buy the Vice a pint – this was flatly refused so onwards we rode along the Ridgeway.

The last of the famous five saw us take in the beauty that is named “Drop of Death”, this drop has taken many casualties of the past few years and tonight was no exception, a few virgins attempted the trail, Breadarms chose the same line as Beaker but with a different outcome, another casualty was Russ Ludlow...but at least he had a go more than said for a few of the herd who found another route down...

A quick blast onto Rudry common and a well deserved pint at the Monty, this was a quick stop as the ride leader sprung a surprise and suggested a swifty at the Forge and Hammer, there was a distinct lack of leadership at this watering hole as neither the Captain or Vice was anywhere to be seen? Strange also that OBE was missing too! Perhaps he had a mechanical and Captain and Vice were lending a hand? Yeah Right...

The last stop of the night was HQ where the dish of the day was hot-dog and chips, a few more pints were consumed by all with Budgie, Option, Beaker and birthday boy Lewis leading a boat race, the ride leader took the customary Y-Fronts off and from this point forward the adventure was over for another Wednesday night...

To summarise its wasn’t one of the longest rides to date, hopefully everyone enjoyed themselves, it’s not always the size of the route that makes it enjoyable it’s how you go around it...

Parting shot – When I got home there was a terrible smell when I got off my bike – it was DOGSH*T...!

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